FSC Basketball Court Takes Center Stage at NCAA Final Four

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 04/04/2013 12:13PM


Connor Sport, Prater, NCAA 2013 Final Four BasketballConnor Sports ATLANTA - The University of Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team could have a home court advantage this weekend as it gets set to play in the NCAA Final Four on a court made by Connor Sport Court International.

Connor Sports manufactured the FSC-certified hard maple floor at its facility in Amasa, MI. Connor has produced the basketball court flooring for both the men’s and women’s Final Four for the past eight years.

Watch a time-lapse video of the NCAA Men's floor construction below

Connor Sport, Praters Flooring, NCAA Final Four 2013 BasketballPraters Athletic Flooring According to the Salt Lake City, UT-based company, the flooring was manufactured at its plant in Northern Michigan from rough, first grade maple purchased from Timber Products Co. in Munising, MI. The court was constructed and inspected, then disassembled and transported to Praters Athletic Flooring in Chatanooga, TN, for finishing. It was then disassembled again and transported by truck to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for installation on Friday.

Connor and Praters also provided the manufacturing and finishing for the Final Four court at the women’s basketball tournament in New Orleans. According to information from Connor, the men’s court is 70 feet by 140 feet and totals 9,800 square feet; the court for the women’s tournament is 60 feet by 120 feet and totals 7,200 square feet.

Final Four Men’s Games: Saturday, April 6 in Atlanta
9-Wichita St. vs. 1-Louisville 6:09 ET
4-Syracuse vs. 4-Michigan 8:49 ET

Championship Game: Monday, April 8, 9:00 ET

Final Four Women’s Games: Sunday, April 7 in New Orleans
5-Louisville vs. 2-California: 6:30 ET
1-Notre Dame vs. 1-Connecticut: 8:30 ET

Championship Game: Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 ET

Watch this YouTube time-lapse video of the floor construction. The video was produced by Praters Athletic Flooring.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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